Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Friday, April 9, 2021
Madison River Montana

Upper Madison Fishing Report

Current Conditions:

The Upper continues to produce some consistent action although there have been some windy days to contend with recently. The best fishing is in the slower water which is sometimes hard to find on the Upper Madison. The waters around Ennis are a good bet since there are several really nice big winter runs that concentrate a lot of trout. The nymphing has been good in the deeper holding water. There are still some snow and ice banks to contend with so do some scouting prior to launching a boat as not all ramps are easily accessible.

The Month Ahead:

The next few weeks should continue to produce some good fishing. The Upper is colder than some other waters and everything is a bit delayed but late April and early May always produces some nice action on baetis and march browns. Caddis will also appear in Mid May.  

Long Term Fishing Forecast:

The Upper Madison is a very consistent fishery, even during run off. From mid May to mid June the best fishing is closer to Hebgen and Quake Lake where the water still had decent clarity. The lower portions of the Upper Madison will probably clear around mid to late June this year. Fishing should remain good during the busy summer months.